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Album: Presley - The All Time Greatest HitsReleased: 1957Charted:
This was Presley's second-biggest hit in the US (after "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog"), spending eight weeks atop Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart and a ninth week at #1 on the Jukebox chart.
Songwriter Otis Blackwell wrote this on a dare. One of the owners of Shalimar Music (Blackwell's publishing company) wandered into Blackwell's office as he was struggling to create a follow-up to "Don't Be Cruel." As Al Stanton approached Blackwell, Stanton was shaking a bottle of Pepsi. Stanton said to Blackwell, "I've got an idea. Why don't you write a song called 'All Shook Up'?" According to Blackwell, the song was finished in a couple of days.
Although Blackwell is the sole composer, Presley shared the songwriting credit, as demanded by Colonel Tom Parker. The same thing happened with "Don't Be Cruel."
Billboard declared this the #1 single of 1957. "Don't Be Cruel" was #1 for 1956, the only time in the history of Billboard that the same artist recorded the #1 hit singles of two consecutive calendar years.
When this song was released, Presley was in the midst of an incredible hot streak. He had the #1 single for 25 weeks in 1956: "Heartbreak Hotel
" (8 weeks), "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" (1), "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" (11 weeks, both sides alternating at #1), "Love Me Tender" (5). He spent 25 more weeks at #1 in 1957 with: "Too Much" (3 weeks), "All Shook Up" (8), "Teddy Bear" (7), "Jailhouse Rock" (7).
This song was the basis for a musical called All Shook Up that opened on Broadway in 2005. The production featured various Elvis Presley songs amidst a plot line based on the Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night.
In 2009 The Performing Rights Society announced this as the most ever played Elvis song in public places in the UK.